Calata breaks ground on ‘model’ greenhouse


AGRIBUSINESS firm Calata Corp. said Tuesday it has started the construction of its first greenhouse model in Mendez, Cavite, a project in partnership with Israeli irrigation firm Netafim.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Calata said all land preparation including the laying of foundation has been completed.

“It is expected that all the other construction materials which have been shipped from Israel shall arrive on July 25, 2017. Estimated time of completion is three to four weeks from the first day of installation,” the company said.

The total area for the project site of the model greenhouse is 1,604 square meters (sqm). Of this, 1,184 sqm will be used to grow lettuce, while the remaining 420 sqm will be planted with tomatoes using the “Grow Bag” system.

The Grow Bag system utilizes coco peat and coco chips instead of soil, making the crops less susceptible to harmful microorganisms as a result of better sanitation.

“This would translate to maximized harvest of healthy grown crops,” Calata said.

The company partnered with Netafim, which provides highly specialized, state-of-the-art greenhouse systems, commercial greenhouses, and greenhouse equipment. Netafim is a unit of the Netafim Group, a known leader in smart irrigation solutions.

For this venture, Calata also partnered with Yupangco Group, which provided the property for the greenhouse model.

Further information as to how much was spent for the project was not disclosed.

Calata is an agribusiness firm diversifying into the casino sector. Last year, it partnered with Sino-America Gaming Investment Group LLC and Macau Resources Group Ltd. to build the P65-billion Mactan Leisure City, a 14-hectare planned integrated casino, resorts and hotel complex to be located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island.


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